Putian Lor Mee – S$4
First sip. A well balanced flavour presents itself in the soup. I taste the freshness of the seafood – clams and prawns, and something else. A visual inspection of the soup notes the existence of clams, prawns, pork, yam, bok choy, tofu and cabbage.
Having cleared my doubts of what constitutes the soup, I proceed to eat.
It is a heartwarming bowl of soup. Well balanced with noodles, vegetables, yam, seafood and pork. Despite the numerous ingredients, it is not heavy in flavour, but each sip of the soup enhances the moreish quality as I find myself enjoying the soup more and more.
Noodles has a slight bite and chew, and is pretty heavy in terms of weight and texture, similar to a thinner version of Chinese La Mian. It is an enjoyable to eat noodle.
But as I eat, or perhaps more accurately – sip the soup, I find myself pondering whether I am drinking soup or eating noodles.
The weakness of the Lor Mee lies in the noodles. Not to say that the noodles are not good, but I felt that the noodle did not make the dish feel complete. Unlike the Singaporean version of Lor Mee or a good bowl of ramen, this Putian Lor Mee lacks the sticky, starchy texture of the broth/gravy. This meant that the flavours of the soup isn’t penetrating the noodles. Eating one doesn’t make me feel like eating the other more.
It is also a different kind of dish – lacking the heavy, energy-giving element that my comparisons had in their strong tastes and accompanying sides.
I cleaned the bowl, being extremely satisfied with my choice of lunch.
Rating for this Putian Lor Mee:
I rate food based on how far I am willing to travel, as well as whether I think the price I paid for it justifies it. You can read more about why here.
I am willing to travel more than a little bit to eat this.
For S$4 this is absolutely a steal. A hidden gem for sure.
I can’t be sure of what they put inside without actually watching them cook, but taste wise this dish also feels really healthy and balanced. It is probably something I can even eat everyday with little health issues assuming I don’t get tired of it.
As far as authenticity goes, the best comparison I have except for traveling to China is probably the Putien chain of Restaurants. The stall basically offers a budget friendly, non-air conditioned version of Putien, and at least for the Lor Mee, I don’t feel it is inferior to the one that Putien has. Putien also has a lot more chains around Singapore and is thus more accessible, so if price isn’t an issue then it wouldn’t make sense to travel to this store just to eat their Putian fare.
And of course, with how much I liked it, I have to give it my shitty fat boi badge of approval.
But I’m just a fat boi… What do other people think?
The place is a pretty hidden gem, with very little reviews.
EatBook recommended the place as one of their 10 stalls in Geylang Bahru Hawker Center.
littlejoyofbeary ate from the stall pretty long ago, and liked both the Bee Hoon and Lor Mee.
Burpple had just one review, which seemed to like it.
And really that’s about it. Even searching in Chinese yield no results.
Geylang Bahru Hawker Center, Stall #01-04 莆田亚珠家乡小食
You can look for the stall banner that looks like this: